Some people become very upset if they do not have a chance to read that day’s newspaper. They can ask themselves, “What am I actually missing if I haven’t read today’s newspaper?”
A distinguished Rosh Hayeshiva once asked someone who spent hundreds of hours a year reading newspapers, “Please tell me everything you’ve learned this year from your newspaper reading.” The person spoke for about five minutes. When prodded for more, the fellow was able to come up with about ten minutes worth of information.
The Rosh Hayeshiva told him this should serve as a lesson for weighing the value of how much he gained from the expenditure of his time. ~ ~ R’ Zelig Pliskin